It is to your advantage that I go away ...

But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

How could the disciples know that the death of Christ would result in a glorious resurrection? Or how the Holy Spirit would come because the Son was with the Father? If I were there I would have been filled with sorrow too. It reminds me of how fleeting sorrow can be and how the sadness of my first wife's passing gave way to the joy of meeting and marrying Ann. The psalmist reminds us that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Jesus' prophetic words are true. While he was in the flesh his ministry was limited to all who could hear his voice and feel his touch. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost the ministry of Christ was expanded and multiplied to those who could hear the voices and feel the touch of the disciples. The ministry of the mystical body of Christ continues today because God the Son is at the right hand of the Father. It is as Jesus predicted.

Thank you Holy Spirit for Your ministry in my life.

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